Step right up!

Experience a dazzling evening of live music, food and drink, carnival games, performances, a ride on a Ferris wheel and more at our annual fundraising gala, Circus Spectacular! We encourage party guests to dress in Circus Chic attire. View attire inspiration here.

Music + Performances

Throughout the evening, be entertained by jugglers, aerialists, a tightrope walker and a special performance by a fire breather during the VIP Reception. Then dance the night away to tunes by DJ Mike White and live music by BetaMaxx or take center stage and sing karaoke in Teatro Piñata!

Games + Prizes

Play a variety of fun carnival games along our midway on Island Avenue! Each game supports one of our access programs – the more you play, the more funds we raise! In addition to games, give to win prizes at our Mystery Box station, and Wine and Whiskey Pull.

Ferris Wheel

View the party from above and take a ride on a 40-foot Ferris Wheel to get amazing sights of the city skyline!

Food + Drink

Enjoy delightful dishes and carnival treats inspired by circus food fare from Feast on This and San Diego Wine & Culinary Services.

Art Auction

Bid on beautiful and original artworks by Museum commissioned artists. Click here to create a personal account and start bidding!

Museum Open Memorial Day 5/27

NCM will be open Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

Plan your visit!